On Saturday Joe and I decided to go to Splash & Fun Water Park. It’s in Bahar ic-Caghaq, is €18 each for adults to get in and it’s open until 9pm at night! I would really recommend it, we had a great time.
Something I would note though, in the UK all pools and things like this use chlorine. In Malta however all the pools we’ve been to, plus the water park are all salt water pools. We didn’t realise until plunging down a slide into the pool and getting a mouthful of salty water!
There’s a massive pool that starts as a really shallow beach type ‘walk in’ pool and progressively gets deeper. Every half hour there’s a wave machine turned on that goes for 15 minutes which was really good fun. There are things like dancing and ball games run by the staff in the shallow area that you can get involved in, or if you’re not interested its big enough that they don’t get in your way. There’s music played throughout the park all day.
There was a lazy pool which is something I’ve never seen before! It’s like a lake in a circuit and it has a strong current so you just get in and don’t need to move or swim, it just pushes you along nice and slowly. This was so much fun, Joe and I tried to run against the current- you literally just stay still with your legs flailing like on a running machine. Or there are massive rubber rings you can sit in and the water pushes them round.
There’s only a set number of rings though and no one policing it so you have to wait at one of the steps and just hope someone gets off and gives you theirs but most people, once they’ve got a ring, just keep it and go round and round. We didn’t manage to get a ring but had more fun in the water. We also had swimming races going in the direction of the current which was hilarious as you move super fast!
There was a bit of excitement as we were swimming along and I saw a little baby lizard thrashing around in the water. I am super squeamish and hate little creatures and bugs and anything similar but they’re so cute and it was so tiny I couldn’t let it drown so I picked it out of the water and put it on the side where it stayed absolutely stock still. Usually these lizards are lightening fast and you can’t get anywhere near them but the thing didn’t move so I thought it must be dead. We stayed and watched it for a few moments though and it started to move its head.
I couldn’t just leave it where it was, the wall was only on the water level and there was nowhere for the poor thing to go other than back in the pool. I saw a bit of plastic packaging floating around, picked it up and gently pushed him onto it. He tried to climb off a few times but pulling the plastic along the wall I managed to get him to the safety of the pavement. But he just sat in the middle of the pavement without moving and was a prime target to get stepped on as he was so small. We tried to push him to get him to run into the grass but he was having none of it.
Eventually we had to leave as I was just stood up on a small ledge of the pool and wasn’t very safe. Later on we were walking along the bit of pavement where we left him and (I am 100% certain it was him!) he came running over to our feet, definitely saying hello, before scurrying into the grass we’d tried to get him into. All tiny and dried out and saved :)
There’s also big slides of various sizes (there were little kids going on them but I was terrified!) and you know those charity boxes where you put a coin in and it spins for ages before going down the hole? There was a slide that ejected into one of those and you span around for a while before hitting the pool which was a lot of fun.
Then, on Sunday we decided to have no plan. We got our beach wear on, packed lunch, went out and got on the first bus that came along. Asking the bus driver only if he stopped at ‘the beach’. There are so many buses and so many beaches in Malta that we had no idea where we were headed. I later on heard him say to another passenger that he was going to Mellieha, so on this route you can go to Mellieha Bay or Paradise Bay so we decided to spend the day in Paradise.
The beach is the most hidden away and picturesque of all the ones we’ve been to. We took a massive blanket and both sun bathed on that, playing bat and ball and messing around with a bigger beach ball. Later on we went kayaking for half an hour which I always love. This time we took the camera so I got some pics of the colour of the sea and the jellyfish! I also attempted to film us going really fast but it’s mainly a film of me talking with the camera in my mouth and filming the sky!
Hope you enjoy the pics!